FREE Film Screening and Discussion
On November 28, Wixáritari representatives will visit UBC, on unceded Musqueam territory, for a presentation of the documentary ‘Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians’.
The director Hernan Vilchez and two Mara’kate (Huichol spiritual leaders), the father and son protagonists José Luis Ramírez and Enrique Ramirez, will introduce and discuss the film. Members of Stop the Institute (http://stoptheinstitute.ca/), a group raising critical questions about the new federal mining institute headquartered at UBC, will also be present.
LOCATION: 098 Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall, University of British Columbia
DATE/TIME: Nov. 28, 12:00pm-3:00pm
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Wirikuta is one of the most sacred sites for the Wixáritari indigenous people of Northern Mexico, the place where the Sun first rose into the sky and the world was created. Every year the Wixáritari conduct a sacred pilgrimage of over 400 km, fasting and consuming peyote in order to commune with the ancient Gods.
Since 2009, multiple mining concessions have been granted by the Mexican government to multinational corporations to exploit the area of Wirikuta. La Luz Silver Project is a proposed venture by Vancouver-based First Majestic Silver, which would effectively destroy these sacred grounds.
The film Huicholes: The Last Peyote Guardians has won Best Documentary Film by the Red Nation Film Festival, the premier showcase for Native American and Indigenous film in the United States. The award was shared with The Life, Blood and Rhythm of Randy Castillo, by director Wynn Ponder.
The selection was the only Latin American film to be awarded.
More information on the film’s website here: http://huicholesfilm.com/en/?p=391